How Does The Cloud Affect Your Operational Procedures?

I was asked just the other day by a very large and good VMware customer how other companies are handling their Operational changes with the implementation of vCloud and the internal private clouds.  My short answer for better or worse was, they are struggling.  The truth of the matter is Virtualization is like having a baby…..it changes EVERYTHING.  Many customers ... Read More »

How To Update DELL Firmware With ESXi

The Challenge: It is no secret at this point that VMware is moving more to the ESXi hypervisor model.  This poses a few challenges the least of which is how to update a server’s firmware, Bios, and other hardware level items without a Linux Service Console.  With many of the servers also not coming with floppy drives, we are forced to find ... Read More »

vCloud Allocation Models, vCenter Resource Pools, and Per VM Resource Settings, Say What?

Why Do I Care About This Topic? Maybe you don’t, but if you are like some folks I have talked to in the past few months there is some level of confusion on the relationship between Allocation Models in vCloud Director and the vSphere Resource Pools that get created.  I have found myself discussing this relationship more and more especially ... Read More »

VMware vCloud Director Within Enterprise IT Private Clouds

We keep hearing about “moving to the cloud”, which is great for those of us at VMware, and equally great for our customers.  I, for one, love all this cloud talk, as I’m part of our vCloud Delivery Team.  Within our group, I specifically work on the enterprise side.  We have some folks who focus on service providers like Terremark, and ... Read More »

Maximizing Your Internet Connectivity Using OpenDNS

This week we saw a major outage with Comcast Internet in the Northeast.  Personally I use TDS Telecom for my DSL, but one thing I have used for the past few years at my house is OpenDNS and anyone using them were not affected by the outage.  Now why was the Comcast outage so interesting?  Well first you need to understand ... Read More »

First Impressions of the Logitech Revue

Well, if you have not heard about it GoogleTV has been out for a few weeks now on certain Sony TV’s as well as the Logitech Revue.  The only reason I picked up the Revue was because DISH Network was running a special for existing customers with a huge discount.  That, and it has massive DISH DVR integration unlike with ... Read More »

What Will Jimmy Johnson’s 5th Straight Mean For Viewers?

Well folks, as much as I hate to admit it, yesterday the #48 Lowes team and Jimmy Johnson made the “Drive for Five” a reality.  Although this is my wife’s favorite driver, one has to ask themselves what does this mean to the sport?  We all love to see dominance in any sport don’t we?  Maybe or maybe not I ... Read More »

The Best Vacations Around

After just coming off an incredible vacation I thought it was fitting to write up a few thoughts on what I think is the best overall vacation you can have.  That my friends is a Royal Caribbean Cruise.  Really any of their ships are incredible, but if you have the means, I highly suggest the Oasis Class.  At 220,000 tons ... Read More »

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